Monday, November 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday

This week I did not almost give Kaydence Emeric's seizure medication because she was sitting close by and I wasn't paying attention.

I did not tear up when Kylie's teacher told me she was one of the most well behaved kids in her class.

I also did not become embarrassed when my father in law got up and church and said he was thankful for his wife because she brings him his underwear. (He recently had surgery and can't climb up the stairs to his room well.)

I am not letting Emeric's worsening ataxia and extreme tiredness worry me. Nope, not in the least.

I do not find it funny that Emeric thinks he should cross his arms and say, "humpf" everytime I tell him no.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Upon hearing that Kylie had been kissed(on her coat, lol) by two boys at school who apparently have a "crush" on her I did not consider calling her teacher the next morning to let her know Kylie would never be returning.

I do not bite my nails and even if I did I definitely would not bite off my fingernail and then use the small piece to get something out between my teeth because I was too lazy to get up and get a toothpick.

I did not put Emeric in his bed(which is enclosed) with a bunch of toys so I could make dinner in peace and then leave him in there while I checked email, facebook, etc... because he was happily playing!

When walking out the door one morning and spotting a dead mouse laying on the path I did not actually feel a bit sorry for it and wondered how it died! What the heck? I am terrified of mice!

I do not need to stop eating frozen pizza 3x a week because I am not going to slowly gain back those measly 5 lbs I lost running this summer!

I did not consider putting up my Christmas tree today BEFORE Thanksgiving!!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Peek a boo and a rare smile for the camera!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Giveaway winner! picked ...

#5, Kelley!

Congrats! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Since it's sunny outside I'm in a mood to give something away!

I bought roughly 10 bottles of this lotion a while back, on sale since it was going out of stock. It's my favorite Victoria's Secret scent, Pretty in Pink.

So, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite lotion scent is and I'll pick a winner randomly on Thursday, November 12th who will receive one bottle of Victoria's Secret Pretty In Pink Lotion!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Epilepsy Awareness

As I said before, many people tend to think of a tonic clonic seizure as the only type of seizure. This is the first video I have of Emeric having seizures. He was 9 months old and I was video taping him and just happened to catch it on video. In showing it to 2 different doctors neither of them believed it was a seizure but a video EEG proved they were seizures. Just further proof that seizures that aren't "typical" are sometimes very easy to miss.

I have a few more videos of Emeric's seizures and there are a lot of videos on you tube that show different types of seizures as well.

*Sorry it's sideways! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pray for Gavin's family

Please take the time to pray for the Owen's family whose son Gavin is nearing the end of his battle with Mitochondrial Disease.
Visit their site here.
Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Friday, November 6, 2009

Answers never come easily

When Emeric's Epileptologist said he thought the coordination/balance issues could be migraines I thought there was no way. He does seem to be hurting during these "episodes" but usually points to his legs or grabs at them, not his head. But, then last night he was having a lot of difficult walking and started throwing up. I figured he was getting sick because it's been going around. He threw a couple times and started retching for a bit and then fell asleep and that was the end of it. Now I'm wondering if the doctor is right and he may be having migraines. Vomiting is common, especially in children, and he seems fine today.... It is early so I guess maybe it's too soon to tell. I would hate for him to be having migraines but at least if that were what it is it might be more easily treatable than something else.

We also got the official results of Emeric's last EEG and it has changed since the previous one. Good thing is he had no seizures but he has diffuse slowing for his age and disorganized, high voltage discharges. In simple terms, it's abnormal. It's hard to explain but essentially it's just kind of a crappy EEG. When I called to talk to the nurse she just kept saying that the doctor pays more attention to the child than to what the EEG shows and Emeric is doing better than you'd think he should be based on what his EEG shows.

Emeric fits closely with something called Lennox Gaustaut Syndrome. You can read more about it here. He has not been classified as having it simply because his seizures are not as frequent or severe as typically seen in LGS but the doctor said he is treating him the same way he would treat a kid with LGS. He has some of the seizure types seen in LGS, his EEG fits closely with LGS, and he is developmentally delayed.

I don't mean for all of this to sound so negative but it is what it is. I know people would rather read about all the positive stuff and I would rather post about the positive stuff and I hope that when things are going well that I remember to talk about that too but for now this is what's going on.

I emailed a video of his walking to his doctor in Houston in hopes that maybe she'd have some ideas of what is going on. I'd love to hear from her today but you know how doctors are! ;)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mattie Stepanek

My grandma called me the other day and asked if I saw the story of Mattie Stepanek on Good Morning America. I had remembered vaguely hearing about him but did not know his story.

Mattie Stepanek died at the age of 13 from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy. Mitochondrial diseases fall under the umbrella of muscular dystrophies. His mother lost 3 of her children and then went on to develop the adult onset form of the disease and now spends her days in a wheelchair and on a ventilator. She did not know when she had children that she would pass this disease on to every one of them. Her story & Mattie's are incredibly inspiring. This little boy touched more lives in 13 years than you can even imagine! He had books on the New York times bestseller list and wrote a book with Jimmie Carter. He spoke about peace and hope.

When the moon sets
Over your shoulder
As the sun rises
Bright towards your face,
What's in the middle?
Your life is.
Filled with choices
For each moment, each place.
We live between the Past and the future,
In the moment of our
Here, now, today.
Can we cope with the
Daily life stresses?
If we humbly accept.
We must pray.
December, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
Used with permission from Hope Through Heartsongs, Hyperion, 2002

His mother recently did an interview for GMA and you can watch the two videos here. They really give you a good idea about Mattie's outlook on life and are incredibly inspiring:

On September 11th, 2001 Mattie wrote this poem:

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything.
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice.
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.
September 11, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek

"Hope is real. Hope is an attitude and attitude is a choice." Mattie Stepanek

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Epilepsy Through The Ages

Monday, November 2, 2009

Understanding Epilepsy (Epilepsy #1)

This is the 1st of a series of videos that I think are very informative in terms of understanding Epilepsy and seizures. I hope you'll take the time to watch!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness month & after a conversation I overheard when we were at the Mall of America last weekend I realized how much people still do not understand about Epilepsy so I have at least a few posts planned in hopes of educating people about Epilepsy!

Emeric, Kaydence and I(Jake and Kylie were on another ride) were standing in line for a Ghostbusters ride and there was a sign on the door that said, "Warning, strobe lights are used on this ride" and I overheard two women in front of me talking and the conversation went like this:

Person 1: I wonder why they put a warning about strobe lights being used?

Person 2: Oh, it's because people with Epilepsy have seizures if they look at flashing lights. You can't even use a flash around a person with Epilepsy or they'll have a seizure. They'll start going like this(and then she demonstrates someone convulsing).

They continued their conversation for a couple minutes while the lady told her(wrongly) that all people with Epilepsy will have a convulsive seizure if they see any flashing lights.

I thought for a second about tapping her on the shoulder and telling her that only people with photosensitive Epilepsy have a seizure when they see flashing lights but I figured it wasn't really the place. LOL These women were at least in their 40's though and it made me realize how many people really don't know much about Epilepsy.

A lot of people that think of seizures picture a tonic clonic seizure where the person is stiff and convulsing but that actually is not the most common type of seizure.

So... with that said I hope that some of you will be willing to ask questions and come back to learn more about Epilepsy!

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